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  • Japan Now Spends 43% Of Tax Revenue To Fund Interest On Debt

    03/05/2015 3:45:06 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-5-2015 | Simon Black - Tyler Durden
    03/05/2015 Simon BlackTyler Durden It’s entirely possible that we may see interstellar space travel in our lifetime. And what a dream that would be. But in the meantime, for anyone that’s losing patience with space technology, I would recommend you visit Japan. Because for anybody that has been here, this place is as close as it gets to being on another planet.Japan is a land of irony and dichotomy. It is one of the most conservative cultures in the world, while simultaneously being one of the most perverted. Business culture here is yet another thing that seems totally alien. Creativity...
  • So I just finished reading The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    10/25/2007 12:05:03 AM PDT · by squidly · 5 replies · 848+ views
    James Hornfischer
    I used to be a tin can sailor. Great book. Like most books, it reinforces how the admirals were wrong. But that's easy to say 60 years after the fact. As Nelson DeMille said, anyone can be a military genius with the benefit of hindsight. I continue to be amazed that the Yamato and Musashi were able to shoot 3,200 lb. shells a distance of 26 miles. In my day, we did that with missiles.
  • Microsoft billionaire finds wreck of legendary Japanese battleship Musashi: [truncated]

    03/04/2015 6:14:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | Flora Drury
    Microsoft's co-founder has used his own submarine to find the wreck of the Japanese Navy's biggest warship - which has lain undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean for the past 70 years. Paul Allen revealed his amazing discovery to the world on Tuesday, by posting a photo to Twitter of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The Musashi - which, along with its sister ship Yamato, was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed - was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1944, taking with it more than...
  • Japanese ship found after 70 years

    03/04/2015 9:18:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    . The Musashi was one of a trio of vessels built by Japan during the war that, at 263 metres (863 feet) each, were its biggest battleships ever. American warplanes sank the Musashi on October 24, 1944, at the height of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, regarded as the largest naval encounter of the war in which US and Australian forces defeated the Japanese. Dozens of Japanese warships that were sunk during World War II have since been found in the Philippines, with some of them now popular dive locations. The Sibuyan Sea where the Musashi was reportedly found is...
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the world’s wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. “WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND,” Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessel’s rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • A Visit to Aoshima, a Japanese 'Cat Island' (Photos)

    03/03/2015 6:12:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 3, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen "cat islands" around Japan, small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people. In Aoshima more than a hundred cats prowl the island, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in the quiet fishing village. Cats outnumber humans six to one on the island. Recently becoming popular online, tiny Aoshima has seen a steep rise in tourist visits, overwhelming the handful of permanent residents.
  • Michelle Obama, daughters, to Spring Break in Japan, Cambodia

    03/03/2015 5:24:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 3, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Michelle Obama is taking her daughters on a Spring Break trip to Japan and Cambodia this month, the latest global vacation to share the world's culture with Sasha and Malia while giving the first lady a stage to promote education for girls. [Snip] Costs of the first family's trip have been controversial and this one is likely to be very expensive. The first lady's group, for example, spent $222,000 for just two days of hotel expenses during part of their China trip last year. Judicial Watch, the taxpayer watchdog group, estimated that the Obama vacation tab as of mid-2014 was...
  • The Saudi project, part two Oil is back over $60 a barrel. Is the market returning to normal?

    02/20/2015 4:33:23 AM PST · by thackney · 61 replies
    The Economist ^ | Feb 21st 2015 | The Economist
    STAGE one of Saudi Arabia’s plan—or perhaps hope—to restructure the oil market is taking longer than expected. By refusing to rein in production while prices fell, the Saudis permitted a big surplus to grow and served notice on higher-cost rivals (Russia, Venezuela, American shale-oil producers) that they would not prop up other people’s profit margins at the expense of their own market share. That signal has been weakened by the growing amount of oil in storage, which is absorbing most of the glut. World oil stocks rose about 265m barrels last year and Société Générale, a French bank, reckons they...
  • Japanese Company Fills Offices with Cats to Help Employees Unwind and Improve Productivity

    02/25/2015 8:13:46 AM PST · by Abathar · 32 replies
    Oddity Central ^ | 1/13/2015 | Sumitra
    In a cramped city like Tokyo, where owning a pet is a luxury and most apartments have strict no-pets policies, it’s hard for cat lovers to spend quality time with their favorite animals. In response, cat cafés have cropped up all over the city, where people get to sip delicious beverages while petting a purring kitty. But even that doesn’t come close to having a cat in your own home, because the time spent with the furry creatures is quite limited. That’s why a Japanese company has come up with a great idea to get its employees to interact with...
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia

    02/21/2015 9:25:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | February 19, 2015 | Carl Zimmer
    In 2010, scientists made a startling discovery about our past: About 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of living Europeans and Asians. Now two teams of researchers have come to another intriguing conclusion: Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of Asians at a second point in history, giving them an extra infusion of Neanderthal DNA. The findings are further evidence that our genomes contain secrets about our evolution that we might have missed by looking at fossils alone. "We're learning new, big-picture things from the genetic data, rather than just filling in details," said Kirk E. Lohmueller, a geneticist...
  • Wisconsin CCW permit Homicide rate lower than Japan's

    02/21/2015 4:25:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin was the next to the last state to enact a concealed carry law.   It passed in 2011.  The law had been thwarted for years by the actions of former Democrat Governor Jim Doyle.  Lawmakers in Wisconsin learned many lessons from the efforts of previous states, and it showed.  Over 59,000 Wisconsin residents had applied by December 30, 2011, and 100,000 permits were issued half way through April of 2012. 144,000 had been issued by the end of the year. Link to video of Attorney General Van Hollen celebrating the issuance of the 100,000 permits The average number for...
  • Figures. #ObamaLovesAmerica So Much He Just Made an Internment Camp a National Monument

    02/20/2015 2:34:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12015 | Jim Hoft
    After Rudy Giuliani made his comments this week that Barack Obama does not love America the White House tweeted this out: The White House        ✔ @WhiteHouse Follow Obama: “I’m using my powers as President to announce America’s 3 newest National Monuments." #ObamaLovesAmerica 12:11 PM - 19 Feb 2015 “Obama loves America” because he announced three new National Monuments.The only problem is that one of Obama’s national monuments is the Japanese internment camp in Hawaii. 
  • Japan, France, Germany invited to compete for subs contract

    02/19/2015 6:27:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2015 11:03AM | Sarah Martin
    TONY Abbott says the nation’s $50 billion submarine project will create at least 500 new jobs in South Australia, as the government reveals a shortlist of foreign partners to design and build the new fleet. The Prime Minister has moved to end months of uncertainty over the project in a visit to Adelaide this morning, saying government-owned shipbuilder ASC would be guaranteed more work “under any possible scenario”. “There will be at least 500 new jobs in South Australia,” he said. Mr Abbott said the government would select a foreign contractor by the end of the year, but has narrowed...
  • 70 years after Iwo Jima, veterans, families to honor lives lost

    02/19/2015 4:19:00 AM PST · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 2/18/15 | Meg Jones
    Clayton Chipman saw the first flag raising. So did Harvey Kurz. Both were relieved and happy to see Marines had finally scaled Mount Suribachi four days after the Feb. 19, 1945, invasion of the hardscrabble, desolate island in the Pacific Ocean. Each looked at the American flag flapping in the wind and then returned to the business at hand — staying alive.
  • All Bubbles Burst: China's Real Estate Market Crashing, Eurogroup Prepare For Grexit & Default...

    02/18/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 6 replies
    China's Real Estate Market Crashing... Real Estate is the single biggest domestic lending segment in China. Combined with deflation in Iron Ore, Steel, Copper, and other industrial metals China's collateral quality is looking very very shaky compared to loan volume... SNIP While the world's attention is glued to events in Greece, the real action continues to evolve quietly thousands of kilometers east, in China, where the near record surge in new loans remains unable to offset the dramatic slowdown in shadow banking issuance. And while China's bubble-chasing, animal spirits have recently reoriented themselves from real estate to the stock market,...
  • 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake off Japan

    02/16/2015 3:17:06 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 50 replies
    Weather Channel Twitter ^ | 02/16/2015 | n/a
    BREAKING: Preliminary M7.0 earthquake off the east coast of Japan at 6:06pm US EST. Monitoring for any tsunami concerns.
  • Michelle Obama Plans Spring Break In Japan With Sasha And Malia(barf alert)

    02/16/2015 7:32:48 AM PST · by rktman · 62 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/16/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    First Lady Michelle Obama missed out on President Obama’s Valentine’s Day golfing weekend in sunny California, but it appears that she has her own trip planned for next month. According to the Asahi Shimbun, the First Lady and her daughters Sasha and Malia will be traveling to Japan for a visit in March.
  • Japan's Recession Is Over

    02/15/2015 4:22:40 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    BI ^ | 2-15-2015 | Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters
    Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters Februry 15, 2015 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's economy rebounded from recession to grow an annualized 2.2 percent in the final quarter of last year, giving a much-needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to shake off decades of stagnation even as the global outlook deteriorates. But the expansion was smaller than a 3.7 percent increase forecast in a Reuters poll, suggesting a fragile recovery for the world's third-largest economy as consumer mood remained soft and uneven global growth weighed on exports. Still, the return to growth will allow the Bank of Japan to hold...
  • Book featuring Muhammad cartoons goes on sale in Japan

    02/10/2015 3:46:22 PM PST · by Ronin · 14 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Jan. 11, 2015 | KYODO
    Tokyo-based publisher Daisan Shokan released a book Tuesday containing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad previously published in the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. About 500 bookstores nationwide have expressed interest in selling the book, titled “Islam Heito Ka, Fushi Ka” (“Anti-Islam Hate, or Satire?”), but will use discretion in deciding whether to stock it. Others have said they will not stock it in response to opposition by Muslims in Japan. Riot police from the Metropolitan Police Department were stationed around Daisan Shokan’s headquarters in Shinjuku Ward on Tuesday morning.
  • Is this the cutest place on earth? Tourists can walk with six breeds of foxes [truncated]

    02/09/2015 6:46:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2015 | John Hutchinson
    With their little faces looking up to the camera, six breeds of foxes stand patiently awaiting their lunch. This is Fox Village, in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, where for less than £4 (700 Japanese Yen) visitors are allowed entry and can feed the animals. Foxes are heralded in Japan, with many believing they have mystical powers, as well as others who believe they bring good luck as they descend from Inari Okami, the Shinto deity of fertility, prosperity and rice.
  • Asia shares stumble as weak China trade stokes growth worries

    02/08/2015 4:38:15 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 9 replies
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares wobbled on Monday after dismal Chinese trade data eclipsed a strong U.S. jobs report, raising concerns about a deepening slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and sending the Australian dollar sliding. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent with Australian shares (.AXJO) down 0.5 percent in early trade. U.S. stock futures also shed 0.4 percent (ESc1).
  • ISIS Beheads Japanese Christian Who Tried to Save Captured Friend

    02/01/2015 11:48:33 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 2/1/15 | Heather Clark
    According to a new video released by the Islamic barbaric group ISIS, which also identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a Japanese Christian man who had traveled to Iraq in an attempt to rescue a friend who was captured by the terrorist organization has been beheaded. As previously reported, Kenji Goto, 47, who became a Christian in 1997, told reporters last year that he felt compelled to do what he could to help rescue Haruna Yukawa, 42, after he was abducted in August near the city of Aleppo. Yukawa had been through a number of difficult...
  • Departing From Country's Pacifism, Japanese Premier Vows Revenge Against ISIS for Killings

    02/01/2015 7:05:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/01/2015 | By MARTIN FACKLER
    TOKYO — When Islamic State militants posted a video over the weekend showing the grisly killing of a Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising “to make the terrorists pay the price.” Such vows of retribution may be common in the West when leaders face extremist violence, but they have been unheard of in confrontation-averse Japan — until now. The prime minister’s call for revenge after the killings of the journalist, Kenji Goto, and another hostage, Haruna Yukawa, raised eyebrows even in the military establishment, adding to a growing awareness here that the crisis could be a...
  • Japanese PM: We Will Never Forgive Terrorists

    01/31/2015 3:59:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 72 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/2/15
    A visibly upset Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to "never forgive terrorists" after the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. "I am extremely angry about these heinous and despicable terrorist acts. We will never forgive terrorists," Abe told reporters in Tokyo on Sunday morning (local time), according to the AFP news agency. "We will cooperate with the international community to make them atone for their crimes," he declared. The ISIS claim was made in a video released online that included no mention of a Jordanian pilot also being held...
  • ISIS releases new video appearing to show Jihadi John beheading second Japanese hostage

    01/31/2015 1:04:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    Terror group Islamic State has released a new video which seems to show Japanese hostage Kenji Goto being beheaded by the militant fighter known as Jihadi John. The 1 minute and 7 second clip shows Mr Goto kneeling in a rocky gorge while the masked murderer delivers a scripted message to the camera. The killer then lowers his knife and the footage goes black, as is common in ISIS propaganda films. When the footage begins again Mr Goto's body is shown lying on the desert floor.
  • Online Video Purports To Show Islamic State Group Beheading Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto

    01/31/2015 12:47:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Online Video Purports To Show Islamic State Group Beheading Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto Japan says working closely with Jordan for release of captives held by Islamic State CAIRO (AP) — Online video purports to show Islamic State group beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
  • 1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

    01/31/2015 2:18:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:12AM JST | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington.
  • Chinese Approaching Arms Dominance, Pentagon Warns

    01/30/2015 10:55:57 AM PST · by raptor22 · 55 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 30 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Arms Buildup: A senior weapons developer tells Congress that Beijing's massive defense buildup, emphasizing precision-guided and other advanced weapons, has placed the U.S. and its shrinking military at serious risk. 'I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of U.S. military technological superiority," Frank Kendall, deputy undersecretary for acquisition, said Wednesday. "We're at risk, and the situation is getting worse." He was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on the subject of defense and technological change. The Chinese were paying attention to U.S. military dominance in the early 1990s after we won the arms...
  • Who saw it coming: Jordan’s negotiations with ISIS over hostages collapse

    01/29/2015 12:41:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria set terms for the release of a Jordanian fighter pilot captured when his plane was disabled over Syria, it was only marginally shocking that Jordan signaled it was willing to negotiate with ISIS fighters. That decision had some shock value not only because it is generally rare to see Western coalition partners negotiate with groups they admit to be terrorist organizations, but because the prisoner ISIS demanded in exchange was involved in one of the worst terrorist attacks in that countryÂ’s history. No sooner had bilateral negotiations between the Hashemite Kingdom...
  • China Base On Nanji Island Threatens Japan's Senkakus

    01/29/2015 9:54:53 AM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: War clouds gather in the East China Sea as China, in one of a series of territorial claims against its neighbors, builds a helicopter base within attack range of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as its own. When President Obama traveled to China last November, we don't suppose that he discussed with his Chinese counterparts their military buildup in the East and South China Seas and their ambitious territorial claims on island chains such as the Spratly, Paracel and Senkaku. As Bill Gertz reports in the Washington Free Beacon, commercial satellites observed construction of a Chinese military helicopter...
  • More Evidence China Preparing To Attack Japan

    01/29/2015 7:21:07 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 32 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Archibald
    While America is preoccupied with the Middle East,evidence accumulates that China is actively preparing...the launch of a war with Japan. Just over a week after I wrote this article on evidence of China’s preparations for an attack, Janes on 22 January published this image from 13 October 2014 of the helipads under construction in the Nanji Islands: The image shows the construction of ten helipads with trenching around them. The trenching would be for individual fuel lines to each helipad. This is an expeditionary helipad complex. Flights of ten helicopters would fly in from the mainland, refuel as quickly as...
  • Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

    01/29/2015 12:45:54 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg
    AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a...
  • Huis Ten Bosch theme park to get hotel staffed by robots

    01/28/2015 9:42:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 28, 2015
    NAGASAKI – A hotel with robot staff and face recognition instead of room keys will open this summer in Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture, the operator of the theme park said Tuesday. The two-story Henn na Hotel is scheduled to open July 17. It will be promoted with the slogan “A Commitment for Evolution,” Huis Ten Bosch Co. said. The name reflects how the hotel will “change with cutting-edge technology,” a company official said. This is a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the Japanese word for change. Robots will provide porter service, room cleaning, front desk...
  • India asks Japan if it’s interested in Rs 50,000 crore submarine project

    01/28/2015 6:32:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Russia, France, Germany and Spain, all better watch out. They may have to contend with Japan in the race to supply submarines to India. In keeping with their expanding strategic partnership, the Modi government has asked the Shinzo Abe administration whether it would be interested in the over Rs 50,000 crore project to build six stealth submarines in India. With Japan recently ending its decades old self-imposed arms export embargo, New Delhi has forwarded "a proposal" to Tokyo to "consider the possibility" of making its latest diesel-electric Soryu-class submarines in India, say sources. This "feeler" dovetails into PM...
  • Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese journalist

    01/28/2015 4:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2015
    Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release a female jihadist held since 2006, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria last month and possibly a Japanese journalist who pleaded for his life in a video released by the terror group on Tuesday. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said in a statement the nation was prepared to free Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a deadly hotel bombing, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed. His comments were carried by Jordan's official Petra news agency. Although he...
  • Army of One: Only one survivor of WWII's Kwajalein battle fit enough to return for 71st anniversary

    01/26/2015 10:18:51 AM PST · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Michelle Breidenbach
    Don Fida, of Syracuse, visits the small boomerang-shaped Pacific island in his sleep. He remembers the way 22,000 soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division emptied a ship onto Kwajalein and worked their way across the 2.5-mile island, killing close to 5,000 Japanese and losing 177 of their own. He can picture the way a Japanese soldier crawled out of a bunker waving the underwear of a young American nurse who had been held, "worse than hostage," as he puts it. Fida said his unit rescued the woman, draped her with the clothes of a dead soldier and escorted her onto...
  • Militants radio affirms killing of Yukawa

    01/25/2015 1:51:28 PM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    NHK ^ | Jan 25, 2015
    Islamic State militants have affirmed through their Internet radio station that the group killed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa.
  • Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    01/25/2015 1:33:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 January 2015 | AFP
    The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country's "largest discovery yet" of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and bronze statues, all dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. The archaeological treasures came from illegal digs across Italy and "will be returned to where they were found", the minister told reporters. Police said the items were worth around 45 million euros ($52 million) and were...
  • War Is At Our Footsteps, Countries Splurge To Do Whatever It Takes to Win.

    01/25/2015 4:37:06 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 1 replies
    pic.twitter.com/uiT7ArqfWb — trutherbot (@trutherbot) January 20, 2015 Japan approves record defence budget, record $42b budget is to boost defences of disputed islands amid China's assertiveness in the region Japan's cabinet has approved the country's largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China's increasing assertiveness in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet endorsed on Wednesday a nearly $42b defence budget for the year beginning in April, a two percent rise. The budget must still be approved by parliament, but Abe's coalition holds majorities in both houses. The...
  • Japanese leader 'speechless' over apparent beheading by Islamic State

    01/25/2015 7:44:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL
    A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release. In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist, appears to be holding a photo of his countryman, Haruna Yukawa, who has been beheaded. The case has drawn a great deal of attention in Japan and spawned a crisis for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had vowed to do what he could to save the two men. Abe said...
  • The World Misery Index: 108 Countries [ Venezuela, Argentina ..]

    01/23/2015 3:40:49 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 22, 2015 | Steve H. Hanke
    The five most miserable countries in the world at the end of 2014 are, in order: Venezuela, Argentina, Syria, Ukraine, and Iran. In 2014, Argentina and Ukraine moved into the top five, displacing Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. The five least miserable are Brunei, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, and Japan. The United States ranks 95th, which makes it the 14th least miserable nation
  • BREAKING: ISIS Says Japanese Hostages Were Executed -Video in Production

    01/23/2015 1:30:01 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 01/23/2015 | Jim Hoft
    FOX News reported that ISIS announced the hostages were dead. A tweet from a Twitter account linked to ISIS said the hostages had been killed “because of Japan’s choices.” The tweet, on the same one that previously posted the countdown clock, warned that a new video was “being sent to production.”
  • How Japan is fighting back at Jihadi John with MEMES (Pictures)

    01/24/2015 6:19:42 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 13:59 GMT, 24 January 2015 | By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
    Showing the familiar sight of fearful men kneeling in orange jumpsuits in the desert, the latest footage of Jihadi John caused despair across the world when it appeared this week. In the latest clip, the Islamic State enforcer demanded a $200million ransom to free Japanese men Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, giving them just 72 hours to live. But as the deadline approached the Japanese public responded with a show of defiance by creating dozens of darkly comic internet memes mocking the deranged ISIS killer. In the pictures, which have been widely shared online, the masked murderer is seen using...
  • Experts say ISIS ransom clip faked as deadline for Japanese hostages passes

    01/23/2015 9:12:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/23/2015
    The deadline imposed by ISIS for Japan to pay $200 million to free two captives passed, starting what the terrorist group called a countdown clock on Friday, even as questions swirled about the authenticity of the initial tape and whether the pair is even alive. A tweet from a Twitter account linked to ISIS said the hostages had been killed "because of Japan's choices." The tweet, on the same one that previously posted the countdown clock, warned that a new video was "being sent to production." Intelligence sources told Fox News the claim the hostages had been killed could not...
  • Japan Targeted by ISIS

    01/21/2015 9:35:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Two hostages will be killed unless a $200 million ransom is paid. A video entitled “A Message to the Government and People of Japan” posted online Tuesday (and since removed) shows a purported ISIS thug brandishing a knife and standing between two Japanese hostages. The masked, British-accented terrorist demanded a $200 million ransom payment from Japan within 72 hours. “You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims,” the masked man said in English. “So the life of this Japanese citizen will cost you $100 million.”
  • The Japanese Man Who Got Captured By ISIS Is a Confirmed Muslim Jihadist

    01/21/2015 8:13:21 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | January 20, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million in non-military assistance to support countries affected by the campaign against ISIS during an ongoing six-day Middle East tour. Today ISIS released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. What the media is not telling you is the true scoop: one of these two Japanese is a Muslim jihadi who converted to Islam and that Tokyo is unlikely to pay a $200 million ransom to free the two hostages and if they are beheaded (which most likely they...
  • Prayer Request for the Two Japanese Hostages

    01/20/2015 6:20:33 PM PST · by Grateful2God · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/20/2015 | Jethro Mullen , Greg Botelho
    ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200 million.
  • Japan PM vows to save ISIS hostages threatened with beheading in new video

    01/20/2015 6:53:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/20/2015
    Japan's Prime Minister vowed Tuesday to save the lives of two Japanese hostages, one a freelance journalist and the other a soldier for hire, threatened with beheading in an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State terror group. In the video, identified as being made by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, a militant threatened to kill the men unless a $200 million ransom was paid within 72 hours. If confirmed to be from Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the video would mark the first public demand...
  • ISIS Gives Japan 72 Hours to Save Hostages

    01/19/2015 11:17:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2015, 9:15 AM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The Islamic State (ISIS) group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, in a video posted on jihadist websites on Tuesday. In the video, a black-clad terrorist brandishing a knife addresses the camera in English standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. “You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” he says. The terrorist says that the ransom demand was to compensate for non-military aid that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to support...